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For you book readers,,,recommend a good biography on a Bass player

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by shakey64, Mar 3, 2010.


  1. Im in the mood for a good book to read. I prefer biographies right now. Iver read the book on Jaco..and recently the book on McCartney just released recently.
    Any other recommendations for a book on a Bass player?
     
  2. John Wentzien

    John Wentzien

    Jun 25, 2007
    Elberta, AL
    Artist:TC Electronic RH450 bass system (original test-pilot)
    Not really a biography..but "The Music Lesson" by Victor Wooten.
     
  3. Twnty1inRF

    Twnty1inRF

    Sep 13, 2007
    DC Region
  4. odin70

    odin70

    Dec 26, 2007
  5. It's not about a bass player, but Miles Davis' autobigraphy is a GREAT read. He holds nothing back.
     
  6. John Wentzien

    John Wentzien

    Jun 25, 2007
    Elberta, AL
    Artist:TC Electronic RH450 bass system (original test-pilot)
    Just read the Johnny Cash biography....Very interesting for ALL musicians.
     
  7. rubber_ritchie

    rubber_ritchie

    Feb 2, 2008
    London
    Nikki Six 'The Heroin Diaries' he's the bass player from Motley Crue. Not much on music in the book but an amazing/disturbing/hillarious book. The Jaco book is great. I'll second the recomendation on the Miles Autobiog.
     
  8. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Not a biography per se, but a set of interviews with several heavy duty jazz cats, interviewed by a heavy duty jazz cat :) : "Notes and Tones" by Art Taylor. It's a must-read.
     
  9. HariKari

    HariKari

    Feb 21, 2005
    Payson, Utah
    Sting, "Broken Music," an autobiography of his early life
     
  10. purpletornado

    purpletornado

    Aug 5, 2009
    Agreed, I really enjoyed this one.
     
  11. billy ayers

    billy ayers

    Feb 1, 2009
    never thought i'd dig it, but i was handed a copy of david lee roth's "crazy from the heat" a few years back, and was totally knocked out. everybody i turned on to it- classical and jazz players, lawyers, people i wouldn't think would dig it- were all amazed.
     
  12. Ezbass

    Ezbass

    Apr 3, 2008
    U.K.
    Not so much a biography, but very entertaining is Tony Levin's Beyond The Bass Clef. On the more autobiographical side, but still very entertaining is Guy Pratt's My Bass and Other Animals.
     
  13. jgsbass

    jgsbass

    May 28, 2003
    Floral Park, NY
    Beneath the Underdog
    Charles Mingus
    A great read. There is also a biography of him by one of his mistresses ( forgot both the title and her name, my bad) that was a great read. You thought Jaco had issues?
     
  14. hama

    hama

    Feb 17, 2009
    +1
     
  15. markjazzbassist

    markjazzbassist Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Lakewood, OH
    searching for the sound - phil lesh
     
  16. Qvist

    Qvist

    Jul 20, 2007
    Denmark
    To Live Is To Die - Life and death of Cliff Burton, by Joel McIver!
     
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